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Jeter's day is done

TORONTO -- In an ugly, ugly game in Rogers Centre, the Yankees are in a 14-5 hole in the bottom of the sixth and have started to run up the white flag by taking out Derek Jeter and replacing him at shortstop with Ramiro Pena.

Jeter was 3 for 3 (all singles) with a walk, pushing his career hit total to 2,718. That means he'll enter Monday's day-night doubleheader against Tampa Bay in Yankee Stadium just three shy of Lou Gehrig's franchise record and four shy of breaking it. With the Yankees embarking on a 10-game homestand, Jeter will get to break the mark at home, which is how it probably should be.

With an 8 1/2-game lead in the AL East and the twinbill coming, the Yankees let starter Sergio Mitre rot during an eight-run Toronto fifth and he left his stench everywhere. Mitre's final line: 4 1/3 IP, 11 H, 11 R, 9 ER, 2 BB, 5 K. Forget about him as any kind of option for the rotation come October.

The Yankees have made a season-high four errors in the game and committed several other defensive gaffes. And the Jays' sixth just ended in nearly disastrous fashion as Johnny Damon and Melky Cabrera collided in left-center corraling the third out, a Vernon Wells  fly ball.

---Mike Harrington


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